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Montgomery County COVID-19 numbers continue to decline

FONDA — After almost a year since Montgomery County has been coping with the impacts of COVID-19, officials say they’re stating to see “a light at the end of the tunnel.” It’s almost been a year since the county had its first positive COVID-19 case and since the county and the rest ...

Johnstown approves football, volleyball

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education Tuesday night approved the playing of varsity football and volleyball. The action was in the form of two resolutions both approved 7-2 during what board President Christopher Tallon called an “emergency” special ...

Johnstown Planning Board grants extension for project

JOHNSTOWN — The city Planning Board on Tuesday granted a one-year extension on a previously-approved project by Fulton Friendship House to build affordable housing development units off North Perry Street. Board Chairman Peter K. Smith explained that the agency has a project at 507 N. Perry ...

Northville man pleads guilty to third-degree burglary as part of plea deal

JOHNSTOWN — One of two men arrested in spring 2020 for a burglary that resulted in the theft of firearms is looking at up to five years in state prison. Timothy C. Belden, 32, of 121 N. Second St., Northville, pleaded guilty Feb. 16 in Fulton County Court before Judge Polly A. Hoye to one ...

Hill & Markes hosting virtual ice cream, food service tradeshow

AMSTERDAM — Hill & Markes, a 114-year-old wholesale distributor, is hosting a virtual Ice Cream and Food Service Tradeshow on Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on hillnmarkes.virtuallyevents.com. The interactive show will highlight new products and trends in the ice cream and food service ...

B-P Future City Team finishes third in competition

BROADALBIN — The Broadalbin-Perth Future City Team recently competed virtually against 16 other Capital Region schools at this year’s Future City competition. Broadalbin-Perth finished third in the region and took home additional awards for “Most Sustainable Building” and “Best ...

Johnstown Junior High honor roll announced

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Junior High School second-quarter honor roll. 
High Honor Roll (90 & Above) Grade 7 Hayden Ackerknecht, Adrielle Allen, Mason Barter, Daniel Brown, Cole Downing, Ethan Everest, Darryn Fallis, Braeden Fennessey, Maria Ganzharina, Allison Gray, Van Green, ...

Dolgeville Junior-Senior High School second-quarter honor roll

DOLGEVILLE — The Dolgeville Junior-Senior High School second quarter honor roll. PRINCIPAL’S LIST 12th grade Charlie Benoit, Brianna Bruce, Annaliese Davies, Maighen Ehrle, Skylar Harper, Megan Hartmann, Kyla Jaquay, Treay Jaquay, Philip Keeler II, Nadia Lyon, Shi-Anne Morgan, ...

Rowback to run for Gloversville mayor

GLOVERSVILLE — Councilman-at-Large William Rowback Jr. will be vying for mayor, running against incumbent Vincent DeSantis. Rowback made the announcement on Tuesday in front of Gloversville City Hall that he is running for mayor. “I’m announcing, I’m running for mayor in the City ...

Pilot uninjured after emergency landing

JOHNSTOWN — A Vermont pilot of a small-single engine Cessna was uninjured when he had to make an emergency landing Tuesday morning at the Fulton County Airport after his aircraft filled up with smoke. The name of the pilot, Sergey Goncharov, 30, of Burlington, Vt. was released by the Fulton ...

Public safety committee adopts police reform plan

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee recently adopted the Fulton County Police Reform and Reinvention Plan. The plan — done by state executive order — will be the subject of a public hearing at 1:30 p.m. Monday, The board may finally adopt it ...

Appellate court upholds decision in Oppenheim property case

ALBANY — The Appellate Division of state Supreme Court last week upheld a previous decision to not dismiss a man’s property complaint against the town of Oppenheim. The appeals court affirmed a Jan. 16, 2019, decision by Supreme Court in Johnstown in Fulton County impacting Charles ...

GJSD board honors three ABCD Award winners

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education recently honored three Above and Beyond the Call of Duty, or ABCD Award winners within the district. Congratulations were extended to: Judy Swatt, high school special education teacher; second-grade teacher Kim Park; and ...

ROUGH LANDING

Fulton County emergency officials help at the scene of a reported plane crash this morning at the Fulton County Airport off Route 67 in the town of Johnstown. See Wednesday’s edition for additional information.

Chamber postpones restaurant week

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce is postponing Restaurant Week until later in the year. In a recent report to the Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee, chamber Director of Tourism Development Anne Boles said the ...

Broadalbin seeks input on police reform plan

BROADALBIN — The village of Broadalbin Police Department is seeking public input as part of its Police Reform plan. In August, Gov. Andrew Couomo issued new guidance for the New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative following the death of George Floyd. According to a ...

State may withhold $161K from social services

JOHNSTOWN — The state may end up withholding about $161,000 from the Fulton County Department of Social Services for 2020, county officials heard recently. DSS Commissioner Anne Solar told the Board of Supervisors’ Human Services Committee that outstanding state revenues are still out ...

FCFCU lobbies have reopened

GLOVERSVILLE — The First Choice Financial Credit Union lobby services at all locations have now reopened, according to a news release. The regular lobby/drive-thru business hours will resume with full services with some exceptions. A limited number of members will be allowed inside the ...

Johnstown still seeking to sell former Jansen Avenue School

JOHNSTOWN — Attempts by the Greater Johnstown School District to sell the former Jansen Avenue School have been unsuccessful lately. Board of Education member David D’Amore recently gave a Facilities Committee update on the available building to the board. That committee met Feb. 2, and ...

Librarian has tall order to fill with COVID restrictions

JOHNSTOWN — Johnstown Public Library officials say Librarian Robert Weatherby couldn’t have come at a better time for the facility — both before and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Now the 38 S. Market St. library and its patrons are waiting like everyone for things to get back to ...